Monday, August 16, 2010

Do you want to vote in this election? Do you have a party affiliation?

DC elections are kind of an odd bird. Since the vast majority of people in the city are Democrats, the Democratic primary serves as the general election. I just learned that tomorrow TODAY is the deadline for changing your party affiliation.

Why does this matter? The city has a closed primary system, which means that you can only vote in the primary for the party you chose when you registered. However, a lot of people signed up with no party, which means they won't be able to vote in the primary. For Ward One, for example, there are three Democrats and one Republican running, and mayoral candidates Adrian Fenty and Vince Gray are Democrats as well -- so if you want to vote, you had better check your affiliation, as you can't change it when you get to the polling place if you were already registered. However, if you are registering for the first time at the polling place, you can.

The city's Board of Elections has links on the left side for both checking and changing your registration status, so check it out. Thanks to both DCist and the Ward One listserve for the heads-up.

2 comments:

Emily said...

Thanks for keeping us informed! I just completed my official voter registration. Now, can you make a cheat sheet of each candidate's platforms? Voting made easy!

Anonymous said...

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